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So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

12:18 thunder and rain. A thunderstorm during the time of wheat harvest (I Samuel12:17) was almost unheard of in Israel, and so was a miraculous answer to Samuel’s prayer. It served as God’s reminder to the people of His approval of Samuel’s ministry and of their wickedness in seeking a change.

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